Creation Care Alliance of Western North Carolina

Education

The Creation Care Alliance of Western North Carolina aims to bring together morally-driven citizens and organizations, whether they are clergy, congregations, people of faith, or other community members, to support and expand our creation care efforts through inspiration, education, service and advocacy.

We work with many partner organizations, faith leaders and topic area experts to host educational events and share information and resources with our supporters. Examples of nationally renowned leaders in the movement for climate justice who we have invited to Asheville for events include  Katharine Hayhoe, Tim DeChristopher, and John Frey.  In partnership with The Wake Forest School of Divinity, we are hosting a Clergy Retreat with Dr. Norman Wirzba.  We have hosted panel discussions as a part of the Wild Goose Festival in Hot Springs, NC where we bring an inter-faith perspective to discussions on current climate change issues. We also offer two experiences with a youth focus with Mission: Earth and the SOIL Conference.  Check out our events calendar to see upcoming opportunities to learn with us or visit our resource page to access the valuable information you can use in working within your own community to advance creation care.

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Join us for an educational program to learn about ways you can care for creation.

Advocacy

The Creation Care Alliance of Western North Carolina aims to bring together morally-driven citizens and organizations, whether they are clergy, congregations, people of faith, or other community members, to support and expand our creation care efforts through inspiration, education, service, and advocacy.

We compassionately advocate at all levels of government for better policies that will protect creation for future generations and protect vulnerable populations from the disastrous impacts of climate change. Ways we advocate range from traveling to Raleigh, NC to meet face to face with our elected representatives to talk about our policy priorities, tracking proposed legislation and alerting our members about opportunities for public comment on both policy threats and policy opportunities, and also explaining our policy positions to our members and the general public through letters to the editor, blog posts, and events so that our supporters can be prepared to voice their own concerns to their elected officials. We hope you will join with us in making sure our elected leaders have the information they need to take care of the earth in the same way we ask that they take care of the people they represent.

Service

The Creation Care Alliance of Western North Carolina (CCA) aims to bring together morally-driven citizens and organizations, whether they are clergy, congregations, people of faith, or other community members, to support and expand our creation care efforts through inspiration, education, service, and advocacy.

We seek to live out a life of service where we find joy in caring for our neighbors and creation.  CCA supports the service activities already being expressed in local congregations and communities.  We also offer and coordinate service opportunities such as the Youth Service Learning day called Mission: Earth as well as non-native invasive plant removals, community garden improvements, planting live stakes along rivers to prevent sediment erosion, and more. We advertise our upcoming service workdays on our event calendar and we hope you’ll take a look and see if you are available to join us soon to live out our faith by giving back to our community and helping steward creation.

Inspiration

The Creation Care Alliance of Western North Carolina aims to bring together morally-driven citizens and organizations, whether they are clergy, congregations, people of faith, or other community members, to support and expand our creation care efforts through inspiration, education, service, and advocacy.

By coming together to experience gratitude, hope, and awe at the wonders of God’s creation we aim to inspire our supporters to take action to fight the injustices done to it.  We have helped lead our annual Earth Day Vigil, a Paris Climate Talks prayer walk along the French Broad River, spiritually centered hikes, and book studies that have grown the heart and mind.  We find that our spiritual lives and the people and creatures are connected in deep ways and are able to find resilience in the joy and gratitude of encountering the Sacred in nature and within one another.

Asheville Citizen Times: In The Mountains, Environmentalism Isn’t Partisan

Environmental concern crosses economic, political and religious lines as explored by this Asheville Citizen-Times editorial reflecting on The Climate March and March for Science of 2018. Read More

Asheville Faith Congregations Are Going Green

Recently, the Creation Care Alliance and member groups were featured in the Asheville Citizen-Times in an article titled “Asheville Faith Congregations Are Going Green.”
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The Spirituality of Climate Action with Tim DeChristopher

On November 7, 2016 we gathered in a circle at the Asheville Quaker Meeting house to hear music and stories of hope and courage. Tim DeChristopher shared about his work resisting climate change by bringing a faith-filled voice to activism and activism to faith communities. DeChristopher is a climate activist who spent twenty one months in prison in 2008 after interrupting a Bush era oil and drilling auction with a spontaneous act of courage and civil disobedience. Read More

Letter to the Editor: Candidates Should Care For Our People And Planet

Rabbi Justin Goldstein of Congregation Beth Israel, Reverend Thomas Murphy of the Cathedral of All Souls, and Scott Hardin-Nieri jointly submitted a letter to the Asheville Citizen Times to present a united front ahead of the 2016 presidential election. They speak concisely and powerfully on behalf of our children and creation.

Read the full letter here.